A HEREFORD furniture company said lockdown was a tough time for the business, but is starting to see trade pick back up again since restrictions eased.

When the country was locked down on March 23, Import Furniture Depot had to quickly adapt to survive.

Manager Mary Kidd said: “We are a small independent company that sells quality oak and pine furniture.

“We also sell painted furniture and sofas, and if you are looking for something quirky then come along and have a look. Our prices are low all year round.

“During strict lockdown measures we had to work from home and take enquiries through our website. Like any business in Hereford it was a tough time.

“Now the economy is coming back to life people are now starting to go out more and business is starting to pick up.

Mary Kidd has worked for the independent firm in West Street, Hereford, for more than two years.

She was one of the first buisnesspeople in the county to take advantage of a free shout-out from the Hereford Times.

In a bid to support local businesses through one of the toughest times in their history, the Hereford Times has been doing its bit to help.

Our Love Local Business campaign has championed everyone from sole traders to major employers as lockdown restrictions eased.

We will continue to bang the drum for traders at every opportunity under the umbrella of our #HerefordshireTogether initiative, which has been uniting the county in its response to the coronavirus pandemic.

For Import Furniture Depot, which also has a store in Gloucester, the firm is hoping they can continue to grow while serving the local community.

“We have a rich history within the furniture industry and pride ourselves on how we have built the company into what it is today,” the firm’s website says.

“We are known in Gloucestershire and now Herefordshire to strive to go that extra mile to help our customers and get them what they want.”